Fictiv Announces Publication of In-Depth Wearables Teardown Report

Fictiv announced the publication an ​in-depth teardown report featuring three competitive products in the wearables space: Fitbit’s Charge 2, Samsung’s Gear Fit 2, and Garmin’s Vivosmart HR+.

Fictiv has previously torn down other consumer products, such as the ​Ricoh Theta S 360 Camera​, the Segway miniPro, and a comparison between the ​Apple Watch and a fake Apple Watch​. This is the first time however that Fictiv has done an in depth analysis of several competing products to compare functionality and manufacturing considerations.

In the report, they investigate how these fitness wearables each showcase engineering innovation in four areas of interest:

  • Design for Assembly (DFA)
  • Waterproofing Techniques
  • Band-to-Body Attachment Mechanisms
  • Space Management

In addition to an in-depth analysis across each of these areas, the report also includes a comprehensive bill of materials with links to high-res images for each component.

In the DFA analysis, they found that of the three products, Garmin’s Vivosmart HR+ band uses the most adhesive for assembly purposes. Samsung, on the other hand, uses the least amount of adhesive, designing most carefully for disassembly.

The band-to-body attachment mechanisms are most complex in the Gear Fit 2 and the Fitbit Charge 2 products—in comparison, the Garmin Vivosmart HR+ attachment mechanism is fairly simple, as the straps are not designed to be replaceable. This allows Garmin significant cost savings with decreased functionality.

Of the three products, the Vivosmart HR+ has the highest number of total components, making space management more challenging comparatively. Fictiv found the Vivosmart band to be more optimized for ruggedness, with thick enclosure walls compared to the other two products, decreasing space available for internal components.

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